science/nature { First the bees, now the bats...

NYT Science article about the mysterious die off of bats around New York (this seems similar to the bee die off, which I believe was caused by a virus).

Wildlife biologists fear a significant die-off in about 15 caves and mines in New York, as well as at sites in Massachusetts and Vermont. Whatever is killing the bats leaves them unusually thin and, in some cases, dotted with a white fungus. Bat experts fear that what they call White Nose Syndrome may spell doom for several species that keep insect pests under control.

1 comment:

Avindair said...

I worry about bats, because they eat mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are nasty, disease-carrying buggers. The more predators they have, the happier and healthier people are.

All in all, crappy news.